Kathua rape and murder: Gujjar community protests in Anantnag, threatens mass agitation

Kathua rape and murder: Gujjar community protests in Anantnag, threatens mass agitation
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‘Arrest Asifa’s killers in 24 hours or 25 Lac Gujjars will be on roads’

Anantnag: Hundreds of people from the Gujjar-Bakerwal community assembled at the DC office in Anantnag on Tuesday, protesting and demanding the government nab the culprits behind 8-year-old Asifa’s rape and murder in Kathua.
Giving the government an ultimatum of 24 hours, the protestors threatened that the 25 lakh strong community would be forced to come out on the streets if the government did not act fast.
The minor girl, from the Gujjar community, was abducted on January 10 and her hacked body with signs of sexual violence was found on January 17.
The government, facing flak for handling the case the way it did, has so far ordered a magisterial probe, suspended a police official and subsequently handed the case over to the Crime Branch.
The measures taken by the government, however, have not sufficed to bring down the anger against the heinous crime.
The protestors in Anantnag carried placards with messages like “Justice for Asifa Banoo” and “We want justice” written on them.
Slogans of “we want justice” also reverberated within the premises of the DC office.
“We want to ask the government whether action was not being taken because she was the daughter of a Gujjar?” the protestors told media men covering the protests, “Had she been somebody else’s daughter Kashmir would have been burning,”
They said that the Gujjar-Bakerwal community needs justice in this case and gave the government an ultimatum of 24 hours.
“If all of us came on to the streets, in case justice was not delivered, the government will not be able to handle the situation. We warn the government, particularly the Chief Minister and the deputy chief minister,” the protestors said.

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